Finding Blackdom - Mittie of South Virginia Street
A one-act play reading
A historical dramedy written by Dr. Timothy E. Nelson, and produced by Marissa Roybal and Blackdom LLC.
WHEN: June 23-25, 2023 | Friday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m.; Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
In September 1903, thirteen black men led by Isaac W. Jones and Francis M. (Frank) Boyer, signed the Articles of Incorporation to establish the Blackdom Townsite Company to build the only incorporated all-Black town of Blackdom, New Mexico. By 1919, the town struck oil and established the Blackdom Oil Company. In its almost thirty-year life span, the idea and physical manifestation of the town endured drought, doubt, and revival, and in its last decade, became home to oil exploration.
In September 1919, Mittie (Mattie) Moore Wilson homesteaded a square mile of land three miles south of Blackdom. She struggled to meet proving-up requirements until she received help from a few influential people of the town. Moore, a bootlegger who ran a house of prostitution in Roswell twenty miles north of Blackdom, was one of the area’s wealthiest citizens.